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Working As a Clinical Laboratory Technician

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Laboratory Technician Do

Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Duties

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings
  • Study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient’s medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technicians

Both technicians and technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians and surgeons or other healthcare personnel order. However, technologists perform more complex tests and laboratory procedures than technicians do. For example, technologists may prepare specimens and perform detailed manual tests, whereas technicians perform routine tests that may be more automated. Medical laboratory technicians usually work under the general supervision of medical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers.

Technologists in small laboratories perform many types of tests; in large laboratories, they sometimes specialize. The following are examples of types of specialized medical laboratory technologists:

Blood bank technologists, or immunohematology technologists, collect blood, classify it by type, and prepare blood and its components for transfusions. 

Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimens and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids. 

Cytotechnologists prepare slides of body cells and examine these cells with a microscope for abnormalities that may signal the beginning of a cancerous growth. 

Immunology technologists examine elements of the human immune system and its response to foreign bodies. 

Microbiology technologists examine and identify bacteria and other microorganisms. 

Molecular biology technologists perform complex protein and nucleic acid tests on cell samples.

Like technologists, medical laboratory technicians may work in several areas of the laboratory or specialize in one particular area. For example, histotechnicians cut and stain tissue specimens for pathologists, who are doctors who study the cause and development of diseases at a microscopic level.

Technologists and technicians often specialize after they have worked in a particular area for a long time or have received advanced education or training in that area.

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How To Become A Clinical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

Education

An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.

Advancement

After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Clinical Laboratory Technician Career Paths

Clinical Laboratory Technician
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager Store Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Consultant Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Consultant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Consultant Assistant Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist, Generalist Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist, Generalist Lead Technician Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist, Generalist Senior Medical Technologist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Doctoral Fellow
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Laboratory Supervisor
Clinical Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Clinical Specialist Laboratory Supervisor
Director Of Laboratory Services
12 Yearsyrs
Research Specialist Human Resources Coordinator Generalist
Medical Technologist Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Blood Bank Technician Generalist
Senior Medical Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Blood Bank Technician Generalist Senior Medical Technologist
Senior Medical Laboratory Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Medical Technologist Chemistry Supervisor
Laboratory Manager Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Laboratory Technician
Internship 7.1%
Volunteer 2.9%
Cashier 2.9%
Top Careers After Clinical Laboratory Technician
Internship 2.6%
Supervisor 2.4%
Volunteer 2.3%
Technician 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lake Hospital System
Highest Paying City
Santa Barbara, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Clinical Laboratory Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Laboratory Technician in the United States is $53,187 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

Real Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Laboratory/Microbiology Technologist San Benito Hospital District Hollister, CA Oct 13, 2016 $100,239
Clinical Laboratory Technologist Amarex Clinical Research, LLC Germantown, MD Oct 01, 2013 $93,500
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists San Joaquin Community Hospital Bakersfield, CA Jul 18, 2014 $85,400
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist San Benito Health Care District Hollister, CA Jan 23, 2015 $85,170
Clinical Laboratory Technologist Bicon, LLC Boston, MA Oct 01, 2013 $85,000
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA Mar 13, 2014 $83,478
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Brawley, CA Jul 01, 2013 $81,500
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Brawley, CA May 23, 2014 $81,500
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists El Centro Regional Medical Center El Centro, CA Apr 02, 2014 $81,349
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists El Centro Regional Medical Center El Centro, CA Mar 27, 2014 $81,349
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Barton Healthcare System South Lake Tahoe, CA Aug 06, 2014 $79,560
Clinical Laboratory/Microbiology Technologist San Benito Hospital District Hollister, CA Oct 13, 2013 $79,139
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist Puget Sound Blood Center Renton, WA Jan 13, 2014 $58,261
Senior Clinical Laboratory Technologist Seton Health System, Inc. Troy, NY Jun 15, 2014 $58,060
Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist Siparadigm, LLC Oradell, NJ Sep 10, 2014 $58,032
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Los Alamos Medical Center Los Alamos, NM Mar 29, 2013 $57,949 -
$59,238
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Los Alamos Medical Center Los Alamos, NM Nov 15, 2013 $57,949 -
$59,238
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists J H Tachibana DPM PC Hartsdale, NY Feb 21, 2014 $57,866
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Ellis Hospital D/B/A Ellis Medicine Schenectady, NY Dec 06, 2013 $57,601
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Ellis Hospital D/B/A Ellis Medicine Schenectady, NY Dec 09, 2013 $57,601
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. Orlando, FL Nov 23, 2015 $51,189
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists AHS Hillcrest Medical Center LLC/AHS Ok Health Sys Tulsa, OK May 07, 2014 $51,147
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists American Research Institute of World Traditional M Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2013 $51,027
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists ARUP Laboratories Salt Lake City, UT Jun 18, 2014 $51,002
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home Gloversville, NY Mar 14, 2014 $50,965
Clinical Laboratory Technologists Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Gloversville, NY Mar 10, 2014 $50,965
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home Gloversville, NY May 14, 2014 $50,965
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist Ultimate Care Inc. Jupiter, FL Sep 02, 2015 $50,923

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Top Skills for A Clinical Laboratory Technician

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Urine Samples
  3. Clinical Chemistry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained lab equipment and trouble shot/resolved instrument problems.
  • Performed microscopic analysis on blood and urine samples
  • Cross-trained in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory computer entry.
  • Included processing specimens, primary decontamination, planting onto specific media, and interpreting concentrated smears using fluorescent microscopy.
  • Experience working in a hospital laboratory in automated chemistry, hematology, blood bank, urinalysis, and immunology departments.

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Top 10 Best States for Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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  2. Maine
  3. Alaska
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Vermont
  7. Nevada
  8. Idaho
  9. Michigan
  10. Massachusetts
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Clinical Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

58.0%

Male

30.0%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Asian

12.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

French

10.4%

Chinese

6.5%

Russian

5.2%

Tagalog

5.2%

Arabic

5.2%

Mandarin

3.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Cheyenne

1.3%

Indonesian

1.3%

Somali

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%

Catalan

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Hausa

1.3%
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Clinical Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

University of Washington

9.3%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

University of Cincinnati

6.7%

San Francisco State University

6.2%

University of California - San Diego

6.2%

Northeastern University

6.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.2%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.6%

University of Kansas

4.6%

Walden University

4.6%

East Tennessee State University

4.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Eastern Washington University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.6%

Saint John's University - New York

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.1%
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Majors

Biology

21.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

17.5%

Medical Technician

8.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

6.1%

Business

5.6%

Nursing

5.3%

Chemistry

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Microbiology

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Biotechnology

3.2%

Public Health

2.9%

Medicine

1.9%

Clinical Psychology

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

19.6%

Other

16.1%

Associate

12.0%

Certificate

5.6%

Doctorate

4.0%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.7%
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